New Woburn Fire Headquarters Project Update

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Project Overview & Mayor’s Message

In February 2019 as part of planned improvements to our fire department facilities the city of Woburn retained DiNisco Design, after a thorough Request for Designer Services, to evaluate and develop a feasibility study and schematic design of new and renovated fire stations. The cost for this phase of the project, which concluded in January of 2020, including fees for our project manager – Municipal Building Consultants was $600,000 funded through an appropriation approved by the City Council.

During this period of time The Building Committee held over thirty meetings with the main goal of providing upgraded modern facilities for The WFD that would increase operational effectiveness and improve the level of service for residents and businesses of the city. A wide range of alternative sites and scenarios were evaluated to identify potential new sites and consolidation. The feasibility study examined planned commercial and residential development, population growth projections, response times, cost effective construction, and firematically correct, energy efficient healthy buildings.

The Building Committee selected a four station configuration consisting of existing Station 1 (south end), Station 4 (west side), Station 5 (East) and a new headquarters with an operations /mechanics support building at Forest Park. This selection resulted in a reduction in the overall number of fire stations with a net improvement in fire response time coverage at the most economical overall cost estimate of $30,000,000, including $23,000,000 for the new headquarters and support building and $7,000,000 for renovations to the remaining three stations.

The decision was made to complete early site work for the new project separately from the General Contract construction of the building to take advantage of the seasonal weather, eliminate potential site work inflation, eliminate general contractor additional cost mark-ups and to have the site ready for construction in spring of 2021. The decision to proceed with a separate early site work contract provide significant economic and scheduling advantages for the overall project.

Before the early site work preparation could begin at Forest Park, the city was required to obtain a special permit from the City Council and Article 97 legislation from the State legislature. Approvals were acquired, and site work started in August of 2020 and was completed in December of 2020 at the cost of $865,970 (included in the $23,000,000). The General contract for construction of the building facilities at Forest Park commenced in May of 2021 and will be

completed by November of 2022

To fund the project the city issued a twenty year bond in June of 2021, taking advantage of its AAA bond rating to receive an interest rate of 1.67%. The annual debt service will be approximately $1,390,000.

Project Description

Woburn Central Fire Headquarters will be a 27,000 square foot facility that houses ambulance and fire services, and a 6,800 sq ft maintenance facility, all on a 3.5-acre site. The design addresses health and safety for the firefighters and public, with separate zones for the operations side and the administrative/public side of the facility. Included in the operations side are decon facilities for personnel and equipment and spaces for onsite training including an exercise room, training tower, and mezzanine above the apparatus bay that provides space for ladder, ropes, and confined-space training.

The design also provides new living quarters, a meeting room for training and public use, and administrative offices.

Purpose and Justification

“Our Fire Department continues to provide the highest level of quality public safety services to our community, delivered with increased safety by our firefighters” said Mayor Scott Galvin. “We are very pleased to be moving forward with our proposal to build a new Fire Station Headquarters and vastly improve fire service functions and operation for our residents and firefighters.”

“The historical ground breaking is the result of the successful collaboration among my office, the Fire Building Committee, the Woburn Fire Department, the City Council, the Conservation Department, State Representative Richard Haggerty, including over 30 meetings beginning with the formation of the Mayor’s Fire Building Committee” the Mayor stated.

Project Location

Address: 731 Main Street

City Sector: Central Square

Affected Neighborhoods: Various

Affected Wards: Various

Woburn Fire Headquarters is conveniently located in the Central Square neighborhood of Woburn.